A migrant who survived an incident near the Greek island of Farmakonissi but lost five family members arrives at the harbour of Piraeus on January 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI
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Thousands of migrants detained in Greece for lacking the correct paperwork, including some asylum seekers and teenagers, are held in often appalling conditions without access to basic hygiene and regular medical care, according to a medical aid group which accused the Greek state of causing "unnecessary suffering and harm".More than 6,000 people are held in migrant detention centers pending deportation, MSF said. Hundreds, possibly thousands, more are held in police holding cells where conditions are even worse as detainees have no access to the outdoors, and often have no fresh air or natural light. Although the holding cells are not equipped to house people for more than two or three days at a time, Kotsioni said MSF has encountered migrants who have been held for up to 17 months.
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